SecurityFocus HOME News: Lamo released, banned from computers

SecurityFocus HOME News: Lamo released, banned from computers: “The 22-year-old was without the backpack that he usually carries, containing a change of clothes and the laptop computer with which he’s hacked some of America’s largest corporations. ‘What backpack?,’ he quipped. ‘I lost it. It fell off a bridge.’ “ Call me out of touch, but I really didn’t know much about Lamo until he hit the news just recently. But like a good little hacker, I will support him, because from what I’ve read about the guy, you don’t get more white hat than him. This fellow hacks into stuff, then calls up the SysAdmins and tells them how to fix it. To put this in comic book terms, in the Marvel Universe, he’d be an XMan, where Kevin Mitnick would be a Brotherhood. Anyways they’ve put up a website for him, predictably called FreeLamo.com. I’m gonna plug the hell out of it. Hackers don’t deserve prison...

CyberWar Update #5

The latest Cyberwar Update ./mark.hopkins.aka.rizzn// Rizzn’s Wartime Factbook: http://factbook.diaryland.com/ The Best UAV: http://www.unmannedaircraft.com Rizzn’s Musical Stylings: http://rizzn.trance.nu ——————– CyberWar Update #5 Update as of February 21, 2002 Report Assembled by Mark Hopkins <markhopkins@mindless.com> of Parallad Studios OSIS Project Hello, my readers.  The focus of this mailer revolves around two news stories that have come out recently, but are reasons, as the first headline says, to “hug a hacker, before [he/she] goes underground.” Most software hackers are quite familiar with the RFPolicy, written by Rain Forest Puppy.  The first article is a commentary on how the industry is moving away from the usage of this policy, and how this is a Bad Thing for the industry. Especially in this day and age of quite a bit more malicious strains of hackers showing up as wards of different branches of the al-Qa’ida network, it is in society as a whole’s best interest to do as much as possible to embrace and encourage ethical hackers. The second article is something of a far more sinister nature; it is the announcement by the US Government that cyberterrorists can now be bombed by the DOD.  Given the broad nature of the government’s definition of a cyberterrorist, compounded with the government’s newfound liberty in the ability to search, seize, and rifle through the belongings of ‘cyberterrorists’ without either the hacker’s or a judge’s permission, the government now announces without a vote by the people, that they intent to physically harm with military force, hackers.  I find this especially despicable and cringe for our collective future. Can it be as bad as all that?  Read the...

CyberWar Update #4

Merry Christmas all — I will be out of pocket for the coming holidays — best to you and yours. /mark hopkins markhopkins@mindless.com parallad studios http://www.parallad.com OSIS Project Rizzn’s Wartime Factbook: http://factbook.diaryland.com/ The Best UAV: http://www.unmannedaircraft.com CyberWar Update #4 Update as of December 23, 2001 Report Assembled by Mark Hopkins <markhopkins@mindless.com> of Parallad Studios OSIS Project http://www.parallad.com Things this report will concern itself with:   a.. Operation Buccaneer   b.. Magic Lantern Developments and Analysis   c.. New Virus Developments: We have a new Christmas-time virus, the third email worm in three weeks. Read the details to protect yourself from attack.   d.. Al Qa’ida/Microsoft Hack     a.. The Story: Suspected member of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, Mohammad Afroze Abdul Razzak, claimed that Islamic militants infiltrated Microsoft and sabotaged the company’s Windows XP operating system, according to a source close to Indian police.     b.. Analysis: How likely is this allegation to be true?  Many say not very.  Read for some interesting possible connections.   e.. New Federal Encryption Standard     a.. The Story:The U.S. Federal Government has finally decided to upgrade its DES standard to the newly created AES encryption standard, a long needed change.     b.. Analysis: How effective is the new standard?  Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Operation Buccaneer The Story The federal government concludes a yearlong investigation into software piracy, and in the past week, been involved in raids against WAREZ groups, including 90+ scene group senior members and leaders in US, Canada, Britain, Australia, Norway, 2 cracking groups in Poland. The US Customs Service, along with the US Department of...

CyberWar Update #2

The Virus Invasion portion is new material that I’ve been working on for a couple days, it first became relevant news about Tuesday of this week.  The FBI vs. CIA is material I went over with John and Paul on their radio show on WABC last night (hear them on 770am 10-1 EST) — included is a list of other tools that the FBI and CIA are currently employing in their effort to come in line with the online world. Included is a description how you can completely, legally and safely circumvent all the known ways of online federal monitoring.  There are other ways to make it more safe, but these include tactics which are not allowed within the confines of the law, and I cannot suggest their usage for everyday purposes. Rizzn’s Wartime Factbook: http://factbook.diaryland.com/ The Best UAV: http://www.unmannedaircraft.com CyberWar Update #2 The update as of November 30th, 2001 Report assembled by Mark Hopkins <markhopkins@mindless.com> of Parallad Studios OSIS Project There are two major fronts opening up in the Cyber War front, largely being ignored by the major media. Computer security groups are noting the vast influx of email-propelled virii. The other front largely ignored is the clash in the surveillance policies and programs between the FBI and the CIA, reported only by Charles R. Smith of Newsmax.com news service. Virus Invasion Badtrans is the name of the virus that is making the rounds currently and grinding email servers to a halt worldwide. There is much speculation by respectable theorists that this may be the much-talked about keylogging virus the FBI is threatening to release on the public...